Okanagan Sun won their fourth in a row, beating up on the VI Raiders 70-25 Saturday

Record night for Sun

Mike O'Shea and Malcolm Miller both entered the record books in the Okanagan Sun 70-25 thrashing of the visiting VI Raiders Saturday at the Apple Bowl.

O'Shea, the BCFC leader in touchdowns entering Saturday's game took a wide field goal 15 yards deep in his end zone, shed a few tackles, and scampered down the left sidelines 125 yards for a touchdown.

It equalled the BCFC record for the longest return for a touchdown, matching a 125 yard return by Arman Pogosian of the Vancouver Trojans.

Running back Malcolm Miller, in just his seventh game, became the all-time Sun single season rushing leader.

Miller's record breaking run was a 23-yard scamper through several would-be tacklers midway through the third quarter.

He ended Saturday's game with 27 carries and 293 yards, unofficially giving him 1,272 yards on the season, breaking Ron Arnold's record of of 1,236 yards that stood since 1997.

"It is pretty neat to have a guy break a record at any time. He's done it seven games and done it playing half of half our games. It certainly shows the effort he's put in, and shows what our offence is capable of doing," said head coach Jamie Boreham.

"That's a pretty neat one, and we're got more to go."

The Sun threw a balanced attack at the Raiders, amassing more than 600 yards of total offence, 308 on the ground and 319 through the air.

But, it was some sloppy play by the defence and special teams and more untimely and costly penalties that stuck out with Boreham after the game.

The Sun gave up nearly 300 yards through the air as Raiders quarterback Jake Laberge picked the secondary apart at times, throwing for three first half touchdowns to at least give them some hope.

"It was embarrassing to have a game like that, and not respond and not adjust, and not play better and stop taking penalties."

"Those things are going to hurt us, and it hurt us tonight. We out ourselves behind the eight-ball in numerous situations...but, we're a better team than we were tonight, and we have to learn to be better and execute a whole lot smarter."

Dominic Britton had another big night under centre, completing 11 of 16 passes for 229 yards and four touchdowns.

After a slow start to the season, Britton has now passed for 551 yards, nine touchdown passes and no interceptions over the past two games.

Boreham says the chemistry in the passing game seems to finally be where he wants it to be.

O'Shea caught only two passes for 32 yards, but one was a 15 yard touchdown catch.

"I didn't even notice him tonight," said Boreham.

"Mike had such a quiet game, but that's the thing, he does his job and he does it really well. He's a great example with his effort. He does his job and he's successful, and we're successful.

"That's how teams win, and it's nice it's happening in a bunch of different phases of the game."

Miller and O'Shea share the league lead in touchdowns with 12 after Miller found the end zone three times, including twice on the ground.

Rookie running back Kaiden Banfield scored the final touchdown, taking a short pass from Alex Douglas late in the game, and speeding his way through the Raider defence for a 59-yard score, his first receiving touchdown in the BCFC.

The Sun led 17-7 after one quarter and 41-19 at the half before putting it out of reach with two more touchdowns in the third.

Kicker Liam Attwood converted all eight touchdowns and also booted three field goals in the win.

The Sun, 6-1, now get two weeks to prepare for their season ending showdown with the undefeated Langley Rams.

The two teams meet Saturday afternoon Oct. 30 at the Apple Bowl in a winner-take-all showdown for the BCFC regular season title.

The Sun will need to beat the Rams by eight or more points to secure top spot and home field advantage for as long as they stay alive in the playoffs.

Anything short of that would give the Rams the regular season title.

Okanagan Sun look to extend winning streak to four when they host the VI Raiders Saturday

Sun look to extend streak

The Okanagan Sun look to keep their roll going when they host the VI Raiders Saturday night at the Apple Bowl.

The Sun, coming off last weekend's 87-0 thumping of the visiting Kamloops Broncos, will look to keep pace with the undefeated Langley Rams by winning their fourth in a row.

Over the span of their current three-game winning streak, the Sun have outscored the opposition 176-21.

The Sun and Raiders have already met once this season in Nanaimo, with the Sun walking away with a 39-14 victory.

In that game, running back Malcolm Miller carried the ball 39 times for a club record 325 yards.

While you can expect the Raiders to try and stop the run, it won't be an easy task against a Sun backfield that has run for nearly 1,400 yards, including Miller's league-leading 979 yards.

If they are successful, quarterback Dominic Britton will unleash a passing game that has steadily improved as the season has worn on.

Britton is coming off his best game of the season, throwing for 322 yards and five touchdowns against the Broncos a week ago.

Receivers Mike O'Shea Junior and Kyle Zakala are first and third respectively in receiving in the BCFC.

O'Shea leads the league with 436 yards and a league-best eight touchdowns, while Zakala has caught 12 balls for 304 yards and a touchdown.

On the defensive side of the ball, the Sun, which allowed fewer than 100 yards of total offence against the Broncos, come into Saturday's tilt surrendering an average of just seven points per game over their six games.

They are second to Langley in sacks with 12 and tied with the Rams in total takeaways with 24.

Not to be forgotten, the special teams have returned three kicks for touchdowns.

Game time at the Apple Bowl Saturday is 7 p.m.

As per provincial health orders on gatherings, capacity Saturday is capped at 50 per cent.

The Sun will get the following week off before closing out the regular season in what should be a first place showdown with the Langley Rams at the Apple Bowl Saturday, Oct. 30.

The Okanagan Sun found the end zone 11 times in an 87-0 thumping of Kamloops

Sun run wild on Broncos

The Okanagan Sun gave their football-starved fans something to cheer about Saturday.

A crowd of 2,300 looked on as the Sun amassed 642 yards in total offence and scored 11 touchdowns in an 87-0 beat down of the winless Kamloops Broncos.

It was the first game at the Apple Bowl in more than two years after the entire 2020 season was wiped out due to COVID-19, and the start of the home schedule was delayed because of extra restrictions placed on the Interior Health region.

The Sun compiled 239 yards on the ground and 403 through the air, while putting points on the board every time they had the football.

League rushing leader Malcolm Miller dissected the Broncos defence for 185 yards and three touchdowns on 16 carries.

He has now run for 979 yards on the season, well within reach of the club record of 1,236 set by Ron Arnold in 1997. His nine rushing touchdowns are four shy of the record 13 set by Noel Chipman 31 years ago.

Kaiden Banfield also ran in a touchdown.

Quarterbacks Dominic Britton and Alex Douglas combined for six touchdown passes, including five by Britton, who threw for 322 yards.

Britton and Douglas spread the ball around, hitting nine different receivers.

Kyle Zakala was the busiest of the group, catching five passes for 145 yards and a touchdown.

Mike O'Shea Junior, who came into the game with a league-leading eight touchdowns, added two more to that total, finding the end zone on his only two receptions.

Nathan Tonogal, Colby Milleto and Colton Peterson also caught touchdown strikes.

Donovin Small also found paydirt on a 54 yard punt return.

The defence, stingy all season long, kept the Broncos in check all night long, allowing just 94 yards in total offence while forcing eight turnovers and two quarterback sacks.

Liam Attwood converted all 11 touchdowns, added three field goals and a single.

The offence, which had given the ball away 14 times including a league-leading nine interceptions, went mistake free Saturday.

The team also cleaned up its penalties, flagged for a season-low 85 yards by the officials.

The loss was the Broncos 25th straight dating back to 2017 while the Sun, 5-1, stay even atop the BCFC standings with the 5-0 Langley Rams.

The Sun host the VI Raiders next Saturday night before what should be a first place showdown against the Rams at the Apple Bowl Oct. 30.

Okanagan Sun play first home game in more than 2 years tonight

Sun finally return home

A COVID-capacity crowd of 2,300 is expected to greet the Okanagan Sun tonight when they return to the Apple Bowl field for the first time in more than two years.

After last season was postponed due to COVID-19, and the home start to this season was delayed, Saturday's game against the Kamloops Broncos will be the first time the Sun have played before the home fans since Oct. 6, 2019, a span of 733 days.

"It's been a while, so the guys are pretty excited about being in their own locker room and coming out onto their own field and playing in front of our fans," said head coach Jamie Boreham.

"We're looking forward to a good one."

The Sun come into Saturday's tilt the most dominant offensive team in the BCFC, putting up 190 points in five outings, including last Sunday's 50-7 beatdown of the same Broncos in Kamloops.

The Sun feature the league's top rushing attack and leading rusher in Malcolm Miller (794 yards and six touchdowns).

"When you can run the ball in Canadian football, it's a really good thing. The running backs in general are doing the job but Malcolm is shining, and we're happy for him and happy for the success he's having. It's generating success for the team.

"But Malcolm is running hard. This is the best version of Malcolm Miller that I've seen and our team has seen. He has come here with an inspired running style and he's running with a purpose."

With a 4-1 record, the Sun have been getting the job done away from home, knowing now that their final three games will all be on home turf.

While much of the focus offensively has been on the running game, Boreham says the passing game, which has struggled with consistency, is starting to show signs of coming around.

Defensively, the club is third in the league with 16 takeaways and has recorded 10 sacks, while on special teams, the Sun have three kick returns for touchdowns, the only three registered in the league this season.

Despite their success, Boreham says there are some things the team needs to clean up.

One is turnovers, where the club has turned the ball over 14 times including a league-high nine interceptions.

The other, penalties.

After being assessed nearly 500 yards in penalties over the first four games, things came to a head last weekend, when the Sun were flagged 27 times for 210 yards, causing the team a shutout while also taking at least seven points off the board.

"It makes me a little sick to my stomach. We don't practice that way," said Boreham.

"We put ourselves in a situation for a ref to make a call on us...that's our fault. There are situation we are putting ourselves in and hurting ourselves that, as a coach in embarrassing, and it needs to stop."

Saturday's game will be a sellout.

All 2,300 tickets, made available free of charge through Skogie's Car Wash and Safeway, have been distributed.

The Okanagan Sun ran roughshod in the first half, scoring 37 points in a 50-7 win in Kamloops

Sun lay licking on Broncos

Mike O'Shea Junior found the end zone three times and Malcolm Miller ran for 150 yards as the Okanagan Sun laid a 50-7 beating on the winless Kamloops Broncos Sunday evening at Hillside Stadium.

The loss was the Broncos 24th straight dating back to 2017.

O'Shea, who came into the game as the league-leader with five touchdowns, hauled in a pair of strikes from Dominic Britton during a dominant second quarter, then returned a punt 83 yards to seal the victory.

Miller, coming off a 325 yard effort a week ago in Nanaimo, unofficially busted free for 150 yards on 15 carries and two touchdowns.

The Sun got on the board with a single on the opening kickoff on what was a blustery, windy evening in Kamloops.

After the Broncos conceded a safety, the Sun needed just three plays to go 75 yards, punctuated by Miller's 57 yard touchdown scamper down the right sideline.

Trailing 10-0 early in the second quarter, the Broncos fumbled after a 25 yard gain into Sun territory. Garrett Cape took the loose ball to the Kamloops 24.

It was the first of four turnovers on four consecutive possessions, leading to 24 Sun points.

Liam Atwood hit from 34 yards out following the Cape recovery to put the Sun up 13-0.

Jaden Playfair fell on a loose ball on the next Kamloops offensive play, setting up Miller's six-yard touchdown run.

After the Broncos turned the ball over on downs on their next possession, Britton hit O'Shea from 24 yards out.

On the ensuing kickoff, the Broncos muffed the return, again giving the Sun the ball inside the Kamloops end of the field.

Six plays later, Britton hit O'Shea again from eight yards out.

Leading 37-0 at the half, most of the starters found themselves watching from the bench.

O'Shea, who already had a 79-year punt return for a touchdown, added an 83 yard return early in the fourth.

Atwood booted three field goals and, with the wind at his back, was wide on a 54-year attempt in the third.

The only negative to an otherwise impressive performance was the number of major penalties the team took.

The Sun were flagged for 110 yards in penalties in the first half alone, and well over 200 for the game.

Several of those were for holding along the offensive line and procedure after Alex Douglas took over under centre.

The penalties took at least seven points off the board, and allowed the Broncos to score their lone touchdown after the Sun were flagged for roughing the kicker on an unsuccessful field goal attempt.

The Sun, 4-1 on the year, will host the Broncos in the Apple Bowl debut next Saturday at 4 p.m.

Capacity for Saturday's opener is set at 2,000. Free tickets for the game at available at each of Skogie's Car Wash two locations.

Fans entering the game will be required to show proof of full vaccination.

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